August 3, 2005

Political Platforms include WiFi, Blogging and Social Networking

Thomas Friedman is a bit preturbed with the wi-fi access in New York:

I’ve been thinking of running for high office on a one-issue platform:I promise, if elected, that within four years America will have cellphone service as good as Ghana’s.

I began thinking about this after watching the Japanese use cellphones and laptops to get on the Internet from speeding bullet trains and subways deep underground. But the last straw was when I couldn’t get cellphone service while visiting I.B.M.’s headquarters in Armonk, N.Y.

Wi-fi is just one issue being discussed in the political arena,

Andrew Rasiej is running in New York City’s Democratic primary for public advocate on a platform calling for wireless (Wi-Fi) and cellphone Internet access from every home, business and school in the city. If, God forbid, a London-like attack happens in a New York subway, don’t trying calling 911. Your phone won’t work down there. No wireless infrastructure. This ain’t Tokyo, pal.

How’s this for making the most of bloggers:

Mr. Rasiej is also promoting civic photo-blogging – having people use their cellphones to take pictures of potholes or crime, and then, using Google maps, e-mailing the pictures and precise locations to City Hall.

This guy’s on to something. He gets it:

“One elected official by himself can’t solve the problems of eight million people,” Mr. Rasiej argued, “but eight million people networked together can solve one city’s problems. They can spot and offer solutions better and faster than any bureaucrat

I’m not from New York, I’m not even an American but this is one platform that I’d support in a heartbeat.

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